Sneed Throws Complete Game Shutout Over HBU

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Freshman Cy Sneed (3-1) threw a three-hit, complete game shutout over Houston Baptist (4-8) as the Patriots (7-6) rolled to a 4-0 win on Friday night in Dallas. Sneed needed 120 pitches to complete the job and got support fromBoomer CollinsRyan Behmanesh, and Austin Elkins who all collected multiple hits on the night. In all, the Patriots got to Husky starter Dalton Schafer (1-2) for ten hits and the four runs as Schafer went the distance in a game that took two hours and three minutes to complete.

The game was scoreless through four when DBU plated a single run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth before adding one run in the eighth. The run in the fifth came on a Chase Durham two-out single after Elkins led off with a single up the middle. He was sacrificed to second by Joel Hutter, who finished the game 1 for 3, before a Duncan McAlpineflyout. Elkins’ run would end up being the game-winner as Sneed was dominating, allowing only six baserunners on the night and facing three over the minimum thanks to a Collins to Behmanesh double play in the fifth and a pickoff and caught stealing by his battery mate, McAlpine.

In the sixth, DBU tacked on two runs when Collins beat out an infield single and Behmanesh doubled down the left field line. Hutter then singled to right field with one out to score Behmanesh and the Patriots had a 3-0 advantage.

The score would stay there until the 8th when the start of the sixth inning repeated itself. Collins singled up the middle and scored one batter later when Behmanesh doubled over the head of the left fielder, David Pfuntner. He was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple but the four run advantage was more than enough for Sneed.

Needing a quick inning to have the chance to stay in the game because of a high pitch count, Sneed got a groundball and two strikeouts to register the first shutout and first complete game of his collegiate career.

Taylor Massey will take to the hill tomorrow for the Patriots as Game 2 of the series is set for 2:00pm.